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Dr. Chien-fei Chen to Present Power and Energy Seminar on Friday, Jan. 17

Dr. Chien-fei Chen will present the first CURENT Power and Energy Seminar of this semester on Friday, Jan. 17 from 12:20 pm to 1:10 pm in MHK 404.  The seminar will be accessible via Zoom (see bottom of email) for remote viewing as well. 

Title: Reducing Fossil Fuel Consumption by Enabling Technology and Behavior

Abstract: This talk will present household sector’s role in the operation of grid-connected technologies, particularly electric vehicles (EVs) and demand response (DR), through the lens of private governance. Dr. Chen will present a framework for understanding social-technological integration by discussing the role of households’ actions in technology adoption and operation and utilities’ actions contributing to the impact of these technologies on emissions reduction. In addition, this talk attempts to offer a brief overview and some insights regarding the energy-saving potential from consumer initiatives and utility programs in motivating customers to adopt DR and EVs, while highlighting the behavioral challenges to realizing sufficient reductions in carbon emissions. The talk will conclude the household sector can contribute significantly to the reduction of carbon emissions with technical innovations that bring customers to the center of control and decision-making.

Bio:  Dr. Chien-fei Chen is a research associate professor and director of education and diversity program at the NSF funded engineering research center, Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). She is also an adjunct faculty in the department of sociology at UTK. Her main research focuses on interdisciplinary research in the areas of environmental sociology, energy conservation, energy justice, and renewable energy.

Dr. Chen leads research projects regarding public acceptance of the power grid, renewable technologies and demand response at CURENT based on social-psychological theories and concepts. Dr. Chen is actively involved in several international and interdisciplinary networks including the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) Annex 66 and 79. She is also involved with the NSF-REC-SEES Network and serves as the workshop chair for the NSF-RCN SEES-SHBE program “Enhancing Interdisciplinary Education and Diversity in 2016" and “International Workshop on Putting Sustainability into Convergence: Connecting Data, People, and Systems” in 2019. She has received several research awards from NSF and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to conduct the interdisciplinary research regarding wireless communication technology and social-psychological factors as well as remand response, micro-grid resilience and grid technologies. In 2019, Dr. Chen received the Fulbright U.S. Global Scholar Award. Her proposal title was “When East Meets West: An Interdisciplinary and Cross-cultural Research on Energy Justice and Renewable Technology Adoption for Future Smart Communities.” http://www.eecs.utk.edu/chen-named-fulbright-global-scholar-for-2019-20/.


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